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Reactions of Dibenzyl Diselenides with Alkali Metal Hydrides
08 March 2002 (online)
Sodium and potassium hydrides in dimethylformamide react on the benzylic hydrogens of dibenzyl diselenides and lead, depending upon the structure of the starting material, to a large variety of compounds. The formation of most of them is compatible with the intermediary formation of a selone. All our efforts aimed to isolate or to trap such an intermediate proved to be unsuccessful.